21 October 2019 10:43
Get the biggest Liverpool FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Joel Matip has agreed a new contract that will keep him at Liverpool until the summer of 2024. The quiet, unassuming centre half has been a revelation over the past nine months, forcing his way past Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren to grab an automatic starting place. And boss Jurgen Klopp has been so impressed with the form and dedication of the former Cameroon international, he has taken the unusual step of going against current club policy to give the 28-year-old a long term deal. Klopp indicated to the board - who prefer shorter contracts for players in their late 20s - the defender's quality and character deserve recognition, after a stellar 2019. "It's a great feeling to be a longer part of the club.
It's really just a great feeling," Matip said. "From outside, you know Liverpool is such a big club – but when you are inside, then you really get a feeling for how big the club is. In all the countries, the supporters are everywhere. It's a massive and big club that I think every player would want to play for. "We have a young and talented team and I think every one of us is hungry. Now we've seen how it is to win something and we want to have that feeling again. "There are a lot of things still to achieve. You never know how it will end, you just have to work hard and do the best you can do. "It is an honour to be a part of the club. It makes me happy that people think I've done a good job and they want to keep me." (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images) Matip found himself out of the Liverpool team in the early stages of his Anfield career but injuries to Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez allowed him to stake his claim for being higher up in the pecking order. He took his chance with both hands and has since developed a commanding relationship with Virgil van Dijk. Matip is likely to start at the heart of Liverpool's defence for Sunday's trip to Manchester United in the Premier League. Liverpool are continuing to extend deals for their top stars. The club have seen Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold all put pen to paper on new deals in the past 18 months. Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson all have nearly four years left on their deals. James Milner is the next star who Liverpool will look to keep on, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.